Is Namaaz Salaat?

by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Friday, July 13, 2012, 14:27 (2529 days ago) @ Zara

My nafs is fueled by my thinking mind and I do not see how we can give the meaning of words in the Quran as obedience or closely obeying their programming from Allah for everything other than man! To me our programming comes from an extrinsic source, the Quran, while the rest of creation has it “built in”. Hence, the need to closely follow what Allah has revealed and this does not include rituals. Again, if this was so important the exact form would have been given to us, but it was not for a reason. To get the namaz and form of sujood you do we have to go to extra sources which are not sanctioned by Allah in the Quran [only follow hadith of Allah, the Quran], or our ancestors handing down the practice generation to generation:-

2:170 When it is said unto these (satans), "Follow what God has revealed", they say, "Nay! We follow that wherein we found our ancestors.” "What! Even though their ancestors (and the ancient Imams) were lacking in understanding and were not rightly guided?”
[5:104, 10:78, 11:62, 11:87, 21:53, 34:43, 38:7, 43:23. Hudan and derivatives = Prominent = Bright = Lighted = Clearly visible = Leading = Guidance = Lighthouse = A well-lit road = A landmark of identification in the desert or sea]
2:171 The likeness of such blind followers is that (of a herd of sheep) which hear the shepherd’s call, but hear in it nothing more than a sound and a shout. Deaf, dumb, blind, for they use not their reason and, hence, fail to attain good common sense.
[This is subhuman level of existence 7:179. ‘Unq = Shepherd’s call. Shepherd here pertains to religious leaders who have learned some meaningless words or tenets, and a herd of sheep is the masses that blindly follow them. Kufr embraces blind following in addition to denying or concealing the truth. Perceptual senses alone cannot distinguish human beings from the rest of the Animal Kingdom. It is the data processing or intellectual analysis that makes them distinct]

I am not directing this at you but it is the only way you can justify doing what the Quran does not give form to. My understanding is much closer to the true spirit of the Quran as this continually emphasizes good deeds, not rituals.

Here is Surah 107 as rendered by G.A.Parwez; reflect upon the meaning behind the words used, not just the usual translators interpretation:-

1. Have you ever pondered over the plight of the person who orally submits to Islam but in practice belies it? In other words, his conduct testifies that if Deen is represented by his deeds, then all its claims are wrong. (53:33; 95:7; 75:32-33)
2/3. (The essence of Deen is that no one should in the slightest feel that he is helpless. If for some reason a person’s needs are unfulfilled, then he or she should be helped at once. However) See the attitude of this ‘religionist’. He pushes away the helpless, neither assisting the needy nor inducing others to do so (69:34;89:10).
4. In order to show himself to be a religious person, he offers a lot of prayers. For such people prayers become a source of self-deception because they are deceiving themselves (and others) that they are the virtuous ones.
5/6. They, in fact, are oblivious to the concept of Salat. The objective of Salat is to establish a society in which everyone follows Divine Laws and every human being continues to receive nourishment. People are oblivious to its objective and their consequential responsibilities; and after performing visible rites, they believe they have fulfilled the duties assigned by the Almighty (9:54).
7. The outcome of such self-deception is that while on the one hand they do offer prayers, on the other they take total control of the sources of nourishment. These however should remain open and available, like ever-flowing springs, for all needy people. They are thus depriving the needy of the sources of nourishment (and thus belying Deen).

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